NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Cleveland
(Friday, March 21st)
Final Score: Cleveland 90, Toronto 83
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James had 29 points and became the Cavaliers' all-time scoring leader as Cleveland outlasted Toronto, 90-83, at Quicken Loans Arena.
James' driving layup with just over four minutes left in the first quarter put him atop the Cavs record book. The bucket gave James 10,391 career points, two more than former All-Star center Brad Daugherty, who netted his in 548 career games with Cleveland. It took James just 380 games to surpass Daugherty.
"When I first started I never set out to be the all-time scorer in franchise history, I just wanted to be the best player I could be every night and continue to get better and help our team get better," James said. "Now that it's year five, five years in the NBA, to be the all-time leading scorer in a franchise, it's an unbelievable experience."
James also had 12 rebounds and five assists for the Cavaliers, who won their season-best ninth straight game at home and remain in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference Playoff race. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Devin Brown chipped in with 14 points.
Chris Bosh finished with 24 points for the Raptors, who have lost six straight on the road and fell to the sixth spot in the East. Rasho Nesterovic had 16 points and seven boards, while Anthony Parker and Jose Calderon each had 12 points, as Toronto lost for the sixth time in its last seven overall.
"We moved the ball, we missed wide open shots today," Calderon said. "When we wanted to run some plays, we ran them, we didn't take bad shots tonight. Everybody was looking for jump shots, we've just got to make them some nights."
The Cavs trailed by four points entering the fourth quarter, but quickly knotted things at 68 thanks to a James three less than two minutes into the stanza.
Things remained razor close as the game headed toward the stretch. The score was deadlocked at 77 when Joe Smith got loose for a layup and James followed with a driving dunk to give Cleveland some breathing room, 81-77, with 4:34 left.
After Bosh answered with a reverse layup, Ilgauskas hit a pair from the charity stripe and James stuck in the dagger into the Raptors, burying a three with 3:03 left, to make it an 86-79 game.
Toronto never threatened from there.
The Raptors took a slim 25-24 lead after one quarter.
James was playing facilitator early and looking to create for others, but broke the record by depositing his first three shots of the game.
First, James dropped a running jumper less than two minutes into the contest and then he tied the record with an emphatic dunk with 7:41 left in the quarter.
The superstar finally shattered the record by driving down the right side of the lane and depositing a layup with 4:10 remaining in the first frame. The crowd then roared in approval, giving James an extended standing ovation.
"It was an unbelievable feeling," James said. "These fans have watched me go from zero points all the way to 10,000-plus. They support me, they support my teammates every night we go out on the basketball court. They have seen me grow from a young man to a man. It was special to get the standing ovation. It was one of the most unbelievable feelings I've had."
The Cavs rebounded and led by as many as nine points in the second quarter before Toronto closed the gap to three, 45-42, by intermission.
Toronto used a solid third quarter to see-saw back in front, 67-63, heading to the final frame.
James now has 10,414 career points...Cleveland is now 24-10 at home in 2007-08 and is riding the longest winning streak as the host since closing out the 2005-06 campaign with 11 consecutive victories...The Raptors are 15-21 away from the Air Canada Centre this season.
03/21 23:28:22 ET